The delayed Sonic The Hedgehog movie proved to be worth the wait as the live-action take on the legendary video game character scored a big opening weekend. Enjoying a 4-day weekend, Sonic collected plenty of gold rings grossing an estimated $68 million in the US. Setting a new record for an opening weekend for a movie based on a video game, Sonic is off to a great start.
Paramount put the brakes on Sonic's big-screen debut following a less than positive response to the design of its titular character. The filmmakers responded by delaying the release to rework Sonic, so it didn't leave children with nightmares. Toppling last summer's Detective Pikachu's $54.4 million opening weekend, Paramount will be observing the numbers over the next couple of weeks before announcing a Sonic sequel. Dropping to second place, Birds of Prey is struggling to take flight at the box office following its lower than expected debut. The Margot Robbie led spin-off has scored well with critics, but so far audiences are turning up for the latest DC project. Birds of Prey has a current domestic total of $61 million; it remains unclear how (or if) this will affect James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, which is currently shooting.
Produced by Jame Blum, Sony's horror spin on Fantasy Island landed in third place with $14 million for the 4-day weekend. Fellow new release The Photograph arrived in fourth place taking $13.4 million, and Bad Boys For Life rounded out the top 5. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence belated reunion have given the usually quiet January box office a blockbuster boost. A fourth instalment is already in the works, and we can only hope it doesn't take another 17 years to get made. Finally, after making history winning Best Picture at the Oscars, Parasite expanded to a wider release and re-entered the top ten.